Mauricio Abrao

  • Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Sao Paulo University, Brazil
  • Director, Endometriosis Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sao Paulo University, Brazil
  • President, Brazilian Endometriosis and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology Society (SBE)

Doctor Mauricio S Abrão has been Head of the Endometriosis Unit situated within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Teaching Hospital of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, since completing his residency there in 1989. During this time, Dr Abrão has also been active in other areas at the university: he was coordinator of the undergraduate course in gynaecology between 1992 and 2007 and has supervised numerous postgraduate students during their PhD degree programmes.

Dr Abrão earned his PhD in gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of São Paulo in 1996, defending a thesis on the evaluation of CA-125 II, C-reactive proteins, serum amyloid A, and anticardiolipin antibodies in the diagnosis of pelvic endometriosis.

During his career Dr Abrão has published over 110 papers. One of these papers (Endometriosis lesions that compromise the rectum deeper than the inner muscularis layer have more than 40% of the circumference of the rectum affected by the disease), presented at the meeting of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) in Washington DC in November 2007, received the Carlo Romani Award for the best paper on endometriosis.

Dr Abrão is committed to the implementation of a multidisciplinary approach in the management of endometriosis which includes basic research, improving imaging techniques, and evaluating clinical and surgical therapeutic options by involving gynaecologists, colorectal surgeons, and urologists in the process. In this way, reproductive health professionals may contribute towards, and profit from, new approaches in the treatment of this disease and other areas of minimally invasive gynaecology. Research development and minimally invasive surgical techniques for endometriosis are the primary focuses of Dr Abrão’s work and he is in continuous search for advancement in this area.

Dr Abrão has been the President of the Brazilian Society of Endometriosis and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology since 2008, and was the President of the 12th World Congress on Endometriosis.